A steaming bowl arrives to your table. Delicately filled halfway, it holds jasmine rice, topped with a thin, light, sweet coconut curry, infused with the approachable aromatics of fish sauce throughout, with bits of fresh-cut cilantro and lemongrass sprinkled across the top. One of the traditional Thai dishes, this it what you have to look forward to when you arrive in Koh Samui.
Thai food is known for its balance of five flavors: sweet, salty, spicy, sour, and bitter. This perfect marriage, along with attention-oriented cooking creates the gorgeous plates so closely associated with Thai food. With copious amounts of travelers frequenting every year, Koh Samui also offers diversity in cuisine, meaning you can eat Italian in Thailand, if you so choose.
As always, we recommend that you try at least one Thai meal, as this particular cuisine has been ranked over and over again as some of the best in the world. Many of us have had it before: pad thai, red curry, basil fried rice. On your exploration of this new part of the world, we have put together a couple of options that you might enjoy!
Khaw Glong Too
Fashioning itself as a boutique authentic Thai eatery, Khaw Glong has some of the freshest plates on the island. While most all Thai food is considerably fresh, this restaurant’s mission involves using fresh ingredients that are neither pre-cooked or frozen. Their food is lively, colorful, beautiful, and indisputably some of the best you can get in Koh Samui.
They keep it locally fresh, to support the businesses, vendors, and farmers around their area. It is farm-to-table alright, so if you are a small-business-supporting, veggie-loving, earth-embracing soul, you will want to give Khaw Glong Too a try. Nearly every dish can be made animal-friendly; just make sure you ask. Also, you will want to specify how much heat you would like, as they make each dish to taste for uniqueness of every individual. Cash only, here.
To get here: 200/12 Moo 2 Chaweng, Bo put, Koh Samui, สุราษฎร์ธานี 84320, Thailand
To contact: +66 89 154 4560
Pepenero Koh Samui
In the midst of a Thailand island, you can get unctuous pastas and delicious red wine. Although you are not in Italy, you might soon feel like you are after enjoying a meal with Pepenero Koh Samui. While they provide Thailand with homemade pastas, authentic cheeses and cold cuts that one could find while dining on the canals of venice, they also offer local dishes, for the mates that still want to ‘keep it Thai’.
If you want to avoid disappointment and prolonged hunger, ensure that you call ahead to make reservations. Opened by a lovely couple who believe in serving others and creating great experiences for travelers and locals alike, Pepenero insists on providing the best dining experience possible.
To get here: 4/5 MOO 1, MAENAM, KOH SAMUI
Vikasa Life Cafe
Breathtaking views are served with every delicious entree on the menu. Life Cafe sits on the pristine beaches of Koh Samui, making it one the favorite places for travelers and locals alike. With award-winning chefs and a commitment to health, community, and sustainability, Vikasa vows to use only the best ingredients.
Its creative menu fuses raw, European, and Thai foods, acting harmonious on one plate. It is a space for both the vegans and the meat-eaters; without using abrasive spices like MSG, they welcome every type of person, even those with certain dietary restrictions. Vikasa Life exemplifies creative expression through food in every bite.
To get here: 211 Bontji Moo 4 Tambon Bo Put, Koh Samui Chang Wat Surat Thani 84310